Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
... drove by I could see not only the wake created by the tires but also how high the water was rising. Sruch came over to the tuktuk a couple of times to check I was alright. He spoke other words to me each time, but between his accent and the roaring rain, I've no idea what he said. Despite wearing a rain poncho, I could see that his clothes from the knees down were drenched. After about 45 minutes the rain had relented though by no means stopped. By now, the ...
... around, and goofing about speaks volumes about the work NHCC has done. The kids are healthy enough that NHCC is shifting their focus to creating a school on their property because of the poor state of schools in Cambodia. Which brings us back to the dark past of Cambodia. The teachers here have, for the most part, not had any former education themselves. With the killings of all educated individuals during the Khmer rouges reign there have not been any ...
... about the disgraceful killing fields. It seems that it was an execution spot almost on par with the Nazi ones and the Gulags. The tour introduced us to victims as well as a reformed guard who expressed his horror at what he saw and did. Despite the fact that many of the building don't exist anymore, it was easy to imagine the layout and what it was like (a map also helped!). The tour took roughly 2-3 hours and the day ...
... local cafe. The fridge
was full of food so she conjured up something with tofu and something
with meat for her.
Once a week I sent her to
the market across town. $10 filled our fridge with fresh tomatoes,
onions, tofu, garlic, limes, chillies and whatever else she picked up
along the way. That was usually enough for me to make food every
evening for myself while she was at work and her to have lunch every
day and still have plenty over.
... convicted of any crime. Its leader, Pol Pot, died in his 80’s without being brought to justice. Other high-ranking officials in the Khmer Rouge regime are only now standing trial for crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes – almost 35 years after the regime ended.
It is amazing to see people going on with life, living in apparent peace, in spite of the horrors of their past. The term that best describes ...